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AUTONOMA is an industrial automation leader. We create and implement modern industrial, robotic, and software solutions that result in greater efficiency and safety. Our solutions are designed and catered to your unique processes. Browse through some of our completed automation projects.

Automating Mineralogical Sample Analysis for Portable Spectral Services


PSS, experts and innovators in spectral technology, needed to modernise its mineralogical sample analysis process. Traditionally, this process involved manual handling, which was:

  • Repetitive: The same tasks were performed repeatedly on each sample.
  • Slow: Manual handling limited the speed and throughput of analysis.
  • Laborious: Manual handling increased the workload for lab technicians.


AUTONOMA partnered with PSS to create a custom automated system. The goal was to:

  • Increase Efficiency: Automate repetitive tasks to analyse samples faster.
  • Enable 24/7 Operation: Free lab technicians from manual overnight or weekend analysis tasks.
  • Position for Growth: Increase capacity to handle more samples and meet growing demand.

Services and Products Used:

AUTONOMA leveraged its expertise in both:

  • Sample Preparation: Understanding the specific requirements for handling mineralogical samples.
  • Robotics: Integrating robots to automate sample manipulation.

This combination led to the design, manufacture, and installation of an advanced system featuring:

  • Kuka iiwa collaborative robot (cobot): A safe and versatile robot for precise sample handling.
  • Bruker M4 Tornado Micro-XRF instruments: State-of-the-art equipment for micro x-ray fluorescence (µXRF) analysis.


By implementing the automated Micro-XRF system,
PSS achieved significant benefits:

  • Increased Efficiency: The automated system significantly reduced analysis time per sample.
  • 24/7 Operation: The system can operate unattended, allowing for overnight and weekend analysis.
  • Increased Capacity: The lab can now handle a higher volume of samples, meeting growing demand.
  • Improved Work Environment: Lab technicians are freed from repetitive tasks, allowing them to focus on more valuable activities.


This case study demonstrates how automation can transform traditional laboratory processes in the mining industry.

By implementing a custom-designed system, PSS achieved increased efficiency, 24/7 operation, and a competitive edge in the market for mineralogical sample analysis.

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